Central Asian Ikat of the 19th Century

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Antique Turkoman Kizil Ayak Main Carpet


Antique Turkoman Kizil Ayak Main Carpet


275 x 200 cm / 9'x 6'7''


This Kizil Ayak main carpet was woven in Turkmenistan in the middle of the 19th century. The field design is a grid of four columns of tauk nuska guls as the primary elements, with the opposing animals facing each other.

Main carpets played an important role in the wedding ceremonies in all Turkoman tribes, and they were a demonstration of the wealth and relative importance of the bride’s family within the tribal grouping. This is why the best quality of wool and dyes and superior skill went into the weaving of these dowry pieces. In this carpet the wool has a silky, silvery sheen and the most lustrous softness to the touch. It is an early and excellent original example of tribal weaving and an asset of classic elegance to any home.

Excellent condition, with one small reweave and sides overcast; original kelim ends

For further discussion of main carpets see also our page on a Tekke main carpet on this website http://www.christopherleggeorientalcarpets.com/products/view/antique-tekke-main-carpet/